Postcard #19 “I looked like a…”

Posted on June 5, 2011. Filed under: Postcards | Tags: , , |

Postcard #19

You know you’ve had a great time when you leave the party wearing someone else’s underwear. They were warm, gray, and long: qualities you need, especially when it’s snowing in May.

 This year, my packing mojo was off. I didn’t want to pack too much and in the end, I ended up packing not enough.  I thought my handy-dandy list would help to keep me organized and by writing down what I was bringing, I avoided packing sixteen shirts, fourteen pairs of shorts and my Mr. Bubble shower cap. On a positive note, the 24 pairs of socks I packed came in handy, when I bartered for coffee and pitas later in the festival (okay, not really, it’s not Burning Man for heaven sakes, but I was rich in socks and I do like that feeling). Left at home were two of the most important things I should have packed these two key items: my wide-brimmed straw hat to keep my face from cooking like a Christmas turkey and my teal blue Patagonia* capilene tights.

 By the time I realized that I was under prepared  and under packed, it was too late. I don’t like to think of myself as a wimp, so I sucked it up and vowed to power through the cold and rain. Nothing was going to stop me, so I layered up and got on with the festival festivities. At one point I wore my fluffy red robe which helped to keep me toasty, but unfortunately it soaked up the rain like a giant sponge. I did get lots of compliments about looking like a giant strawberry, so I had that going for me. When the robe weighed as much as a giant strawberry I had to take it off, so once again I was cold and wet. That’s when Mary stepped in and saved the day.

When you camp with super cool people, they have a way of giving what you need, even if you’re too shy or stubborn to ask for it. They arrive prepared and ready to share without a moment’s notice or hesitation.   Mary is that kind of person. She was so generous and offered up her extra pair of long underwear. From the moment I put them on, I knew that I was going to be okay- I was one happy gal. Her kindness and generosity warmed my heart and especially my thighs. I drove home wearing those long underwear and it helped me remember that the world is a good place full of great people.

 Extra Stuff:

  •  I was sad to realize that the socks that I thought were wool were sadly only cotton and the crazy pattern did nothing to keep my feet warm and that was a drag.
  • Mary wasn’t the only great person I camped with, there was Nancy with her love of Tim O’Brien, Tracy with her excellent collection of hats (I think the Boy Scout Leader hat was my favorite), Tyler who kept us amused with juggling skills, and John who pressed on even though his back hurt. Thanks for a great festival, Camp Babble On!
  •    *Patagonia makes a mean pair of capilene underwear, even though (most of) the people who work at Patagonia think they’re better than you …you know what I’m saying.
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Postcard #18 Hello from Strawberry

Posted on May 25, 2011. Filed under: music, Postcards | Tags: , |

Postcard #18

Postcard #18

The car’s packed full of camping gear (and socks) and I’m ready go- read all about the Strawberry Music Festival at and have a great weekend!


Think of all the socks that are shoved into the back of my car!

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Postcard #17 Packing for Strawberry Music Festival

Posted on May 21, 2011. Filed under: Postcards | Tags: , , , |

You can never have too many pairs or socks (especially colorful ones)

It begins when I put a pair of socks aside and it doesn’t end until my car is stuffed full of camping gear. It’s almost Memorial Day weekend and you know what that means, right? It’s time for Spring Strawberry Music Festival (my twelve year- their 30th).

  I’m never sure when to start packing- a month before I leave? A week? Two weeks? I always have a hard time making up my mind.  If I had my way I would have my own little permanent packing pile all year long, so I could add to nifty camping gadgets to the stack as I go. I’d also have a list to help me remember what’s in the ever expanding heap and it might be something like this: The clever light that clips to the brim of a hat so I can see where I’m going at three in the morning? Check! Portable clothesline to hang wet towels and socks on? Check! A picture of Walter so I won’t miss him too much? Check and check!

 My packing instinct eventually kicks in and I know it’s the time is right for digging through drawers, opening Rubbermaid boxes, and climbing into the back of the closet for my gear. From there, things begin to escalate as I pull out hats, gloves, socks with little strawberries on them that I bought at Target five months ago, the knitted hat with my last name on it which my friend’s grandmother made for me, and still more socks- the list goes on and on and with more socks thrown in just to be safe; I like to have dry feet, can you blame me? My husband mentioned that it might be a good idea to pare down this year and I just don’t know how comfortable I am with that. I promised him that I would think about it. He also said that I should mention my tote bag fixation, but I’m not going to do that either.

 Obsessed or just really prepared? You decide. But before you do, let me explain both sides of the argument: I like to be prepared because I’m a person who doesn’t want to be stuck in the rain (again) wearing a trash bag (again) while watching John Hiatt perform because I forgot my raingear (again). In that case, I am a prepared packer who likes to be, you guessed it, prepared.

 On the other hand, do I really need eight pairs of socks for a four day festival? Yes. Three pairs of shoes, one for each possible weather scenario? Yup. An alarm clock and my squirrel watch? You betcha. In that case, I am an obsessed person who packs way too much (but I have lots of fun stuff with me).

Strawberry socks will be carefully packed

 On the other other hand, maybe I am a combination of both types and that’s fine by me (it works for me, what can I say?).

 Now where did I put my ticket?


My friend's grandma made this for me and I love wearing it!

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